The birthstone for June is pearl or moonstone, the birthflower is the rose
Pearls, according to Indian mythology, were dewdrops from heaven that fell into the sea. They were caught by shellfish under the first rays of the rising sunring a period of full moon. In India, warriors encrusted their swords with pearls to symbolize the tears and sorrow that a sword brings.
Pearls are created by oysters or clams: a pearl is created when a very small fragment of rock, sand grain or parasite enters their shell, the mollusc protects itself by coating the foreign material with layers of shell material. Those formed within the tissue of the mollusc are either spherical or pear-shaped, and are highly valued.
They are said to attract wealth and luck and offer protection.
Moonstone is believed to be named for the the silver colour that glints like moonbeams on water when the stone is moved back and forth.
This gemstone belongs to the family of minerals called feldspars, an important group of silicate minerals commonly formed in rocks. About half the Earth’s crust is composed of feldspar.
Moonstone has been used in Roman jewellery and in the Orient. It is a sacred stone in India, used as a traditional wedding gift. Moonstone is known as the 'Traveller's Stone' for the protection it provides, especially at night, and because of its inspiriting nature of hope, it has long been worn as a talisman to enhance personality.
Roses have always been associated with beauty and perfection and are a beautiful way to say “I love you. The rose fruit (the 'hip') is rich in Vitamin C, which is why it is used in jams and jellies. There are many common wild rose species in England; these include the dog rose which is found in many hedgerows.